1. Italy
  2. Province of Catania
  3. Catania
  4. Mount Etna

Excursion to Volcano Etna and Afternoon Visit to Taormina

Product ID: 189042
Enjoy a wonderful excursion on Etna, visiting extinguished craters and a lava cave before heading to Taormina for a relaxing afternoon.
About this activity
Duration: 1 day
Starting time 9:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French, Italian

Pickup included

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • See 2 of the main points of interest of Sicily in just 1 day
  • Visit the north slope of Etna and its craters and lava cave at 2,000 meters
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch made of typical Sicilian products, water, and a glass of wine
  • Discover the city of Taormina in the afternoon
Full description
You will be picked up from your accommodation or agreed upon meeting point in Catania by your guide around 9:00 AM and you will be on your way to Etna. Your guide will introduce you to the fascinating world of volcanic phenomena, walking through ancient woods, extinct craters and past lava flows on Etna. You will get to explore a volcanic cave and the surrounding landscape of Edna with your guide.

Enjoy a packed lunch with some typical street food products in a nice area on Etna. In case of bad weather you will go to a refuge to have lunch of sandwiches. Then, in the afternoon, you will have a self-guided visit to the historical center of Taormina, where you will admire the Ionian coast from one side and Mount Etna on the other, immersed in a picturesque and unforgettable atmosphere.

You will have the chance to visit the elegant avenue that separates the medieval city gates, Porta Catania and Porta Messina, explore the beautiful view down the alleys and to admire the extraordinary Greek theater. After your visit to Taormina, you will make your way back to Catania arriving around 6:30 PM.
  • A professional and passionate naturalist guide
  • Transportation from your hotel with a minibus or jeep from Catania
  • Lunch, snacks, water, and an Etna DOC wine with lunch
  • Insurance
  • Equipment (helmets, torches, hiking boots, wind jackets, and snowshoes)
What’s Not Included
  • Anything not specified above
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information
Know before you go
• Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
• There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet minimum number requirements
• In the event of this occurring, or in case of bad weather conditions you will be offered an alternative or full refund
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• Trekking shoes and jackets are available for free at the moment of the booking if requested
• Equipment for children (car seat, booster seats, baby carriers) are rentable for free, on request. Please inform the tour operator at time of booking
• Please advise any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking
• Vegetarian, vegan and celiac options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
• Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
• Not wheelchair accessible
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 37 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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We had a great time walking around the craters of Etna and inside a lava cave. Our guide, Maurizio, picked us up from our hotel and gave us a great tour, not only in Mt. Etna but also during the whole trip. He also provided useful advice for our free walk in Taormina which was very beautiful (although very crowded). We where then again dropped outside our hotel . It was all in all a very nice and comfortable experience.

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31 December 2019

It was a wonderful experience to have had the opportunity to get so close to Etna Volcano and visit extinct craters, lava flows, etc. We also entered a volcanic cave. After a very good snack, we went to visit Taormina, a very beautiful city, with several places of interest, especially the Greek Theater, whose buildings date back to the 5th century BC. Congratulations to the Denise Guide who, in addition to the friendliness, punctuality and competence, gave us many classes of everything that involves the Etna Volcano.

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29 November 2019

Fun but too short activities. We spent 8 hours with the guide including 2 hours alone in Taormina (no time to do the ancient theater, too much waiting) and 2 hours at the volcano. I would have liked to do a longer sporty hike on Etna. The level is for beginners. Correct meal. The big plus was Italian wine and almond liqueur. I recommend these 2 places to do if you are around.

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18 July 2019

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Etna Experience Excursion

Product ID: 189042